Very good responses and advice.
If she is not getting better, I would ask to see a Psychiatrist for a review of her Depression as there are many different types which require slightly different approaches. Don't delay if things are not improving.
I note she is 49 and a Nurse!.. Tough job with shift work, stressful conditions,etc. Would check hormones in case approaching Menopause. Eliminate alcohol ! THis means everyone in the house if possible.
As for you, it helps to have a good GP to talk to who understands her condition. Could be even the same GP. Please attend doctor's appointments with your wife if she is agreeable. It shows support and helps give the doctor information your wife may not be able to provide. This is a critical bit of information which can help the treatment.
Depression can be contagious! [I don't mean you can catch it]. Being around someone depressed can bring you down. It's not uncommon to have both of the couple eventually becoming depressed ... and the kids too. So the GP is very important to evaluate what everyone needs.
There will be family relationship struggles as a result [or sometimes partly a cause], so counselling in this area is needed.
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